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Coalition keeps the house

By ALLISON HORE As the final results roll in for last weekend’s federal election, a clear Lower House win has been delivered to the Coalition, despite all polling in the lead up suggesting it would be a Labor win. Across the country, four Labor seats were turned over to the Liberal party, and only one […]

Typhoid strikes Manus

BY ALANA LEVENE A suspected outbreak of typhoid fever has struck refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, prompting renewed calls to bring those detained there to Australia. Two men have been flown from the island to Port Moresby Hospital, and their rooms were sterilised, sources told the AAP. The cases highlighted the squalid health […]

Parking meter plans suspended in Paddington

BY ALANA LEVENE The City of Sydney Council is putting off plans to install parking meters in Paddington and Darlinghurst due to a unified and forceful resistance from local residents and business owners. Councillors voted unanimously on 8 April to reject a proposal from the traffic committee to install paid meters along sections of Greens […]

Backlash prompts review of therapies

BY ALANA LEVENE The Liberal National Government announced on Sunday it will reconsider a ban on private health cover for more than a dozen natural therapies — less than a week after the ban’s implementation set off an intense backlash. The Department of Health decided to stop funding private health insurance cover for 16 natural […]

FEDERAL ELECTION: Kingsford-Smith electorate profile

By ALLISON HORE Australia heads to the polls in May to decide who will represent us over the next four years. For those in NSW it'll be the second election in a matter of months. Will the status quo result of the NSW election be repeated? Or will there be the shake-up that many pundits […]

Angela Vithoulkas: Small Business Party

BY JOHN MOYLE Driven by mistrust of governments and rising anxiety, voters are increasingly giving support to minority parties around the globe. This trend has also played out in Australian politics since the early 2000s, with voter support for minority parties rising to around 20 per cent in the cities and 30 per cent in […]

Skateboard issue hots up

By Andrew Woodhouse The epic saga over Woollahra Council’s proposed skateboard structure in Rushcutters Bay Park continues. The Council’s original decision to refuse it at a full council meeting in 2017 – 14 votes to 1 – was applauded. But after the September 2018 local council elections, council changed its political complexion. This $1.2 million, […]

Rally demands pill testing

By Laura Neill The pill-testing debate ignited at Town Hall last Saturday as hundreds of pro-testing campaigners rallied to force the issue on the government’s election agenda, just one week after the recent drug-related fatality of 19-year-old Alex King. Hundreds of protesters brandishing signs and banners gathered outside Sydney Town Hall to protest the NSW […]

THE NAKED CITY – DUMPING THE ANTHEM AND THE ROYALS!

In case you are unaware, Channel 7 has recently declared itself  ‘Australia’s Royal Network’. Whether it’s received an official blessing from Buckingham Palace is open to question, but one thing’s for sure – the station is milking the current resurgence of interest in the British Royal Family for every rating point it can score. It […]

Phelps for Wentworth

BY JOHN MOYLE Few independents have had their entry into federal politics as highly anticipated as that of Dr Kerryn Phelps. For weeks the polling results for the upcoming by-election for Wentworth have carried provisos that the candidate positions would be affected if Dr Phelps decided to run, and now she has. “It wasn’t on […]